CSS Exam Syllabus 2020 | CSS Compulsory & Optional Subjects 2020


This post is especially going to be useful for the applicants of the CSS exam. Read this post carefully to know about the subjects and syllabus of the CSS exam 2020.

The syllabus of the CSS exam was revised in 2015 and since then the same is established onward. The candidate preparing for the CSS exam must take an overview of the subjects and the syllabus as it helps to choose a subject from optional subjects. Here are the complete details of the subjects.

Divisions of the Subjects:

All the subjects are divided into 2 categories i.e. Compulsory subjects and Optional Subjects.

There are some subjects that are compulsory each carrying 100 marks and there is a total of 6 subjects making a total of 600 marks.

The other category is of optional subjects. There is a total of 7 groups and the candidate has to select 1 subject from each group.

Compulsory Subjects:

Sr. No. Subjects Marks
1. English (Precise & Composition) 100
2. English Essay 100
3. Current Affairs 100
4. Pakistan Affairs 100
5. General Science & Ability 100
6. Islamic Studies or Comparative Studies 100
Major Religions (For Non-Muslims)
Total 600

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Optional Subjects:

The following are the groups of optional subjects and subjects of a total of 200 marks or 100 marks depending upon the group are selected from these groups.

Group-I (One subject of 200 marks can be selected)

Sr. No. Subjects Marks
1. Economics 200
2. Accounting & Auditing 200
3. Political Science 200
4. Computer Science 200
5. International Relations 200

Group-II (Subject(s) of 200 marks can be selected)

Sr. No. Subjects Marks
1. Chemistry 200
2. Physics 200
3. Pure Mathematics 100
4. Applied Mathematics 100
5. Geology 100
6. Statistics 100

Group-III (One subject of 100 marks can be selected)

Sr. No. Subjects Marks
1. Public Administration 100
2. Governance & Public Policies 100
3. Town Planning & Urban Management 100
4. Business Administration 100

Group-IV (One subject of 100 marks can be selected)

Sr. No. Subjects Marks
1. British History 100
2. History of Pakistan & India 100
3. European History 100
4. Islamic History & Culture 100
5. History of the USA 100

Group-V (One subject of 100 marks can be selected)

Sr. No. Subjects Marks
1. Agriculture & Forestry 100
2. Botany 100
3. Zoology 100
4. Environmental Sciences 100
5. Gender Studies 100
6. Urdu Literature 100
7. English Literature 100

Group-VI (One subject of 100 marks can be selected)

Sr. No. Subjects Marks
1. Law 100
2. International Law 100
3. Constitutional Law 100
4. Mercantile Law 100
5. Muslim & Jurisprudence 100
6. Philosophy 100
7. Criminology 100

Group-VII (One subject of 100 marks can be selected)

Sr. No. Subjects Marks
1. Psychology 100
2. Sociology 100
3. Geography 100
4. Punjabi 100
5. Anthropology 100
6. Persian 100
7. Balochi 100
8. Arabic 100
9. Pashto 100
10. Sindhi 100
11. Journalism & Mass Communication 100


  • The subjects of 100 marks have 1 paper while the subject of 200 marks has 2 papers.
  • The papers of regional languages will be attempted in the same language.
  • All the compulsory subjects and optional subjects contain 20 MCQs except Pure Mathematics and Applied Mathematics.
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  1. Faizan Ghafoor says

    If a person is government employee then how he can prepare css exams

  2. Saniya says

    Can I take 2 subjects of 100 Marks each from a single group of subjects???

    1. Shaheer Muhammad says


  3. RIMSHA - - - says

    if we select subject from “all” the 7 groups then marks will be more than 600..( optional subject courses)
    why is it written above that we ” have” to select *1* subject from the all groups..please guide

    1. Zarafshan says

      you can select one from each group.

  4. Umar Qureshi says

    How can I apply for an upcoming CSS exam?

    1. Zarafshan says

      Check the website for details.

  5. Muhammad shan says

    I m just Studying in the 6th semester, and I have a wish to pass the CSS exam. Would you like to tell me what should I do should I start preparing for it, or not please give me an idea about that,

    1. Zarafshan says

      definitely, start your preparations.

  6. Shazia Naveed says

    I am from kpk and want to enter in css exam so what criteria for the preperation in kpk and how i start my preperation and kindly recommend me books for css preperation

    1. Zarafshan says

      everything is mentioned in the article.

  7. Mukesh kumar says

    may i skip group no:2 ?

    1. Zarafshan says

      You have to select a subject from each group.

  8. Irteza Jameel says

    Assalam Alekum
    I have a question
    Is it essential for me to opt subjects from each group?
    Like if I want to skip all subjects of group two as I really abhor science subjects, can I take other subjects of my choice?

    1. Zarafshan says

      please follow the instructions

  9. Rabia Arian says

    In group 1 every subject contain 200 marks so that means compulsory subjects carries 600 marks and from 1 group 200 =800 ?

  10. Maabad Iqbal says

    there are 7 groups to choose the subjects .. if we choose 1 subject from each group then the marks will be above 600 then what is the procedure to select subjects from these groups… plz guide

  11. Asad ali says

    I am a student of BS Microbiology and i want to prepare myself for CSS examination. Any one from KPK who have a good command over the subject selection for a biology student kindly help me. Effort would be highly appreciated.

  12. Mehvish Khalid says

    Do i really have to choose a subject from every group? not just compulsory subject?

    1. Zarafshan says

      yes, you have to choose one subject from every group of optional subjects.

  13. Ayesha Muqadas says

    If there are 7 group for optional subject than how we can choose 6 subjects kindly tell the right procedure

    1. Zarafshan says

      you have to select one subject from each group, written in the article

  14. Umer Zahid says

    How many total subjects it mean that we have to choose total 11 subjects with 6 complusry subjects ??? Im i right

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